There is nothing quite like a festive sushi platter to impress your guests. It tastes healthy, light and delicious in Summer. Unfortunately there are too many Japanese restaurants around Sydney, so one needs to put careful consideration to get the best-value and freshest sushi platter on offer.
I've got a few Japanese restaurants worth checking out, but I would like to know your opinions on the best places for sushi platters around Sydney.
Sushi Hotaru is located in The Galeries Victoria and it is a popular Japanese sushi train restaurant. All sushi are freshly made by Japanese sushi masters. There are 4 types of sushi party platter available. I probably would not get a sushi platter that just contains sushi rolls, as you are just paying for rice with minimum fillings. Platter B ($58) or D ($50) look more appealing and value for money. Platter B contains all seafood nigiri such as scampi, scallops and kingfish.
Be wary of ordering a Platter B on a hot day as raw seafood tends to spoil quickly. Platter D probably is the safer option but the selections look a bit plain. Deliverance may be an issue and a day's notice is recommended.
Sakura Japanese Kitchen is located on Pitt Street behind the Woolworth Metro. It is a family restaurant that serves good tasty Japanese cuisine. They offer 6 types of takeaway party platters and they look pretty standard with sushi rolls and fried finger foods. It costs $47-$50 for each platter. Even though the flyer indicates a 2 hours advance notice is required, always call in and check if they have the capacity to deliver on time. The place is under new management with Korean chefs.
Sakura Japanese Kitchen's Takeaway Party Platter $47~$50
Makoto Sushi is a well-known sushi train restaurant located on Liverpool Street Sydney. They offer 10 types of sushi platters and they all look amazingly delicious. The presentation is artful and elegant. The price is slightly on the high side, ranging from $45 - $75 for each platter.
The most popular is the New Sakura Delux Platter ($55); the New Salmon Paradise platter ($65) and the Grilled Platter ($65). Makoto uses freshest ingredients and you can expect quality sushi from seasoned sushi chefs. Delivery is punctual with only 2 hours notice.
Sushi Hero is another popular takeaway for sushi rolls. It is conveniently located in World Square Sydney. There are 4 types of sushi platters available for family dinner, function or for office lunch. The Hero Lovers Platter ($50) and the Nigiri Platter ($55) both look good. The store is quite small and the staff make all the sushi onsite in the morning. Advance notice (preferably 1 day) is recommended for the sushi platter.
Sushi Hub is another popular sushi takeaway place. Personally I really like their sushi rolls because they use fresh Tasmanian salmon and free range chicken in their sushi. Currently, they have 7 types of sushi platter available. The Mixed Grilled Platter ($46) is their newest platter and it contains 36 pieces of sushi (includes flame grilled salmon, scallops, prawns and crab sticks). It is probably one of the best value sushi platters at the time of writing.
Makoto Chatswood Sushi Bar is another well-known sushi restaurant in Sydney. It may share the same name as Sydney's Markoto, but their sushi platter menu is completely different. There are 11 different types of sushi platters on offer. The sushi platters look a bit industrialized with the dividers and they lack that artistic presentation. I suppose you can re-use the platter plate afterwards and it would probably make a great dip tray.
The most expensive one is the Emperor's Platter ($98) which contains 52 pieces of premium sushi. It looks delicious but the price is quite high.
I also note their Sakura Platter costs $68 here, whereas the City's Makoto's New Sakura Delux Platter costs $55. They are very similar in substance and presentation.
Lastly, I visited Ozeki Sushi who is in direct competition with Makoto Chatswood. Their platter menu evidently aims to deliver better value for similar sushi platters you would get from Makoto Chatswood. The platters look appetizing with acceptable price range. I have not dined here before so I am not too sure of their sushi quality. I note that not all chefs are Japanese.
I thoroughly enjoyed this platter. It was freshly prepared and the seafood tasted fresh and sensational. The sushi rice ratio to the fresh ingredients was low. The platter contained fresh sashmi tuna, salmon, eel, caviar ship, tempura prawn, fresh prawns and mini tuna rolls. There were 49 pieces in total plus 2 complementary Japanese desserts.
The perfect sushi platter to go with Champagne and strawberries